Faith is “confidence or trust in a person, thing, or concept.” Faith can mean holding the belief that, even in the darkest times, light still exists and light will return. It can be helpful to remember that every night eventually turns to morning, every winter turns to spring. There is a yang for every yin.
We have faith in these perpetual rhythms of life. And perhaps most importantly, we have faith in ourselves to gather strength in the darkness and be ready for the light.
In mindful presence,
You darkness from which I come,
I love you more than all the fires
that fence out the world,
for the fire makes a circle
so that no one sees you anymore.
But darkness holds it all:
the shape and the flame,
the animal and myself,
how it holds them,
all powers, all sight--
and it is possible: its great strength
is breaking into my body.
I have faith in the night.
—Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by David Whyte